LL Employees Reminisce About Company Mascots, Share Pet Photos
Millie & Fred, the Original Lightning Labels Mascots
- Millie (pictured here) and Fred were the original Lightning Labels mascots.
Even if we don't all have pets of our own, the Lightning Labels Team adores animals. Especially cute ones. We love animals so much, in fact, that Lightning Labels once adopted two cats from a nearby animal shelter and made them its official mascots. Millie and Fred, who were six years old at the time, even had their own office at the Lightning Labels production facility, complete with cat beds, toys, and plenty of food. "They were really cute. They used to sit in my lap," recalled Cari Goldman, our Graphic Designer. "I miss them." Scott Coan, one of our Pre-Press Technicians, developed a special bond with Millie. Her favorite place to "work" in the office was Scott's lap, and he used to carry her to the printer and back. Scott did, however, have to occasionally set boundaries with Millie. "When she wanted to ride my shoulder all of the time, I sort of laid down the law," Scott recalled. Fred had a mellower disposition, which most employees attributed to his multiple health issues, including diabetes. Although Lightning Labels no longer has bonafied animal mascots, many of the company's employees have equally adorable pets at home that are cherished members of their families. The photos below show you just how precious these animals are. I hope you enjoy browsing these cute pet photos as much as I did.
Bugs & Essie
- We are not sure what Bugs has his eye on in this photo, but one thing is for sure: Bugs is not going to let it get away.
- Essie's shyness just adds to this little dog's adorableness.
Our General Manager, James Lowry, owns two pets. Bugs is a somewhat mischievous, fun-loving cat. Essie is not quite as outgoing, and her shyness only adds to this sweet little dog's charm. And as you can see from the photos of the two, James' daughters are gifted amateur photographers.
Diamond & Majik
- Diamond may be retired from his career as a barrel racer, but he apparently hasn't lost his sense of humor as evidenced by the smiley face "accessory" he is wearing in this photo.
- Majik is a quite the princess, both in looks and manners ... if princesses are allowed to indulge in catnip, that is. (It's only two or three times a week, Majik claims.)
Cari says that she owns a horse and cat, although I have a suspicion that it might be more precise to say that they own her. She has had 17-year-old Majik, a.k.a. The Furry Little Overlord" for over 15 of the feline's 17 years. "She may be old, but she's spry, and she's quite adept at making her demands known," Cari said. Majik "sweetly" greets Cari each morning with, "Get out of bed and feed me now!" In the evenings, Cari serves as the personal taster of Her Highness, meaning that she tastes the food on "Cari's" dinner plate before serving it to Majik. One of twice a week, Majik indulges in a bit of catnip. "I shouldn't call my mistress a junkie," Cari admitted, "But behind her back I do refer to her as 'Stoner Kitty'." Cari characterizes her 20-year old Arabian stallion, who is retired from barrel racing, as a big puppy who is always happy to greet her and her family. One of his favorite past times is checking the family members' pockets for apples and carrots. "Once he's finished them, he has to settle for plain grass, but he'll stuff his face anyway," Cari said. Apparently, Diamond is also quite smooth with the ladies and well-mannered with everyone in general. Unless food is involved.
Gigi & Grover
- Gigi the Keeshond pictured in her full glory.
- Gigi showing off "her" pet cat.
R.J. Kniss, one of our Customer Service Representatives, is quite attached to his goofy pets. Gigi, a gorgeous Keeshond, and Grover, a tabby cat, are great friends who have quite a bit in common. They both like to cuddle up and take long naps together, share Gigi's cookies and water bowl, and jump on the bed. They also like getting their butts scratched, and are turned off by yuppy pet food.
Sophie & Allie
- Tammie's Shiba Inu loves the snow, but might benefit from a pair of "Doggles" to protect his eyes.
- Allie is the cutest Cattle Dog mix we know. Aww ...
Tammie MacLachland, our Customer Service Manager, is a true animal lover. About the only websites she ever visits for fun on the Internet have funny pet videos and cute animal photos. Therefore, it is only natural that she has two dogs of her own (and wishes that she had more). Sophie, a Shiba Inu, and Allie, a Cattle Dog mix, have similar tan and cream coats. They love to play and relax together, and have been spotted napping together.
Sassy & Oakley
- Sassy is as photogenic as she is beautiful.
- Oakley, a Lab mix, takes a moment to ponder life
Scott adopted Millie after she retired from being an office mascot at Lightning Labels. And although Millie is no longer with him, he enjoys spending time with his pets Sassy and Oakley. Scott rescued Oakley, a black Lab mix, from the Boulder Human Society three years ago. About six months after welcoming Oakley into their home, Scott and and his wife adopted Sassy, a beautiful cat with Persian looks. Oakley's hobbies include walking and playing in the snow. Sassy, on the other hand, prefers sitting in the sun and getting her hair brushed.
- Scout, a blue merle Sheltie, enjoys a warm Autumn day amidst a grove of Colorado Aspens.
My own dog, Scout, is a four-year-old Shetland Sheepdog with a blue merle coat. My "pretty boy" is extremely friendly and loves to get attention by performing tricks ... especially when there are treats involved. Although he has a ton of energy, he also enjoys snuggling up next to me on the couch when I am reading or working on the computer. His favorite hobbies are running, snowshoeing, solving puzzles, and chasing squirrels. A gift from one of my sisters who has a dog named Atticus, Scout is named for a character in Harper Lee's literary masterpiece "To Kill a Mockingbird". Spending time with Scout brings me immense joy.